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Last Friday and Saturday saw a plethora of golf tournament participants at Lakota Canyon Ranch Golf Club, and one of those golfers in particular is feeling extra lucky.Affidavits are being filed by witnesses as this story is being written, to verify Jason Garner’s hole-in-one on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Lions at Lakota Charity Golf Outing in New Castle. Ellen Holsan was the 15th hole witness. She said, “I saw the ball hit next to the hole but I thought it must have bounced off because I didn’t see it on the green. So when I went down there, it was in the hole. I grabbed the flag and it was in there, and we all jumped up and down and screamed and scared everybody on the golf course.”This was Garner’s first ever hole-in-one. What perfect timing, given that the prize for the golf tournament’s hole-in-one is a fully loaded 2006 Pontiac GTO, sponsored by Berthod Motors.Garner and his wife, Melissa, and their five-month-old twin daughters Mackenzie and Emerson, came from Denver to participate in the golf tournament. Jason’s father, Harry Garner, co-chaired, along with Scott Parr and Phyllis Adams. Jason Garner’s sister, Jennie Garner of Boulder, and father-in-law Reinhardt Brosdat of Layfayette, were also there cheering him on.The New Castle and Silt Lions clubs co-sponsored the tournament, which hosted 24 golfers and six teams. Twenty-four volunteers helped out in the event.The first-place team consisted of Jay Abrahamovich, Walter Abrahamovich, Roger Walters and Mark Cowen. They won four passes for golf at the Aspen Glen Golf Course.Proceeds from the golf tournament are still being determined, and will be split between the Silt and New Castle Lions clubs.The Coal Ridge Classic Golf Tournament raised over $7,300 dollars for the Coal Ridge Booster Club for students and school projects on Friday, Sept. 29, at Lakota Canyon Ranch Golf Club. The first-place team was the Siemens team, second place was the Kenda Spaulding team, and third place went to Schmueser Gordon Meyer Pitkin County.The first-place team won bragging rights and a deck of poker cards. Kimberly Roper-Palmgren explained the gag gift as symbolizing the team’s poker faces as they exaggerated their golf scores.Special holes and contests were also part of the Coal Ridge Classic. Don Ligrani had a hole-in-one and won a traveling golf bag from Toyota. Kenda Spaulding won the longest drive for women, Mike Biles won the longest drive for men, Kenda Spaulding won the proximity for women, Bob Dariea won the proximity for men, Dave Kotz came within eight inches of wining a Toyota truck at the specific Toyota hole, and Mike Spaulding won the putting contest.Brenda and Jeff Simonson, Mike and Carrie Lyons and Brenda Grumley coordinated the tournament. “The weather was beautiful and the company was enjoyable,” said Roper-Palmgren, vice president of the Coal Ridge High School Booster Club. “A great way to start the weekend.”

Members of the community as well as area construction contractors and subcontractors are invited to attend a Solar Home Open House and Educational Tour from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at 25 Buckskin Circle in New Castle.Learn more about how easy and cost effective it can be to build or retrofit your home to be more energy efficient and to utilize renewable energy. Refreshments will be provided. For questions, call Doug at 984-0617.This public event is presented by the Town of New Castle, New Castle Environmental Advisory Committee and Sun Electric Systems.

Ashley Hazzard and Courtney (CJ) Vasten gathered family and friends to clean up property owned by Mobile Oil on Saturday, Sept. 23. The group hauled away junk and trash that has been dumped by the roadside, including old cars, beds, stoves, tires, etc., three miles from New Castle on County Road 245. Ashley and CJ organized this cleanup for their Rifle High School senior seminar project.Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle News,” appears every other Thursday. To contact her with news tips and inspirations, please call 384-9118 or e-mail

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